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It has been said that you either love or loathe Howard Stern, but it's quite possible to love and loathe him after reading this autobiography. Stern sets out to offend as many people as possible (and he succeeds admirably), but two things prevent this book, and Stern, from becoming unbearable. First, he is as candid about himself as he is about the people he attacks. He describes his tortured adolescence, his physical inadequacies, and his sexual proclivities in such breathtaking detail that it's hard not to like the guy. Stern also avoids the bitterness that characterizes many of the "shock-radio" DJs who have attempted to follow in his footsteps. He can be cruel, but he generally reserves cruelty for people whose fame makes them open targets, and the way he dismantles the whole idea of "celebrity" is hilarious. Howard Stern is like the kid at school who could fart the national anthem--you can't help but laugh at what he does, even though you know you shouldn't.

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And you thought you had trouble with the Madonna book. At least that was mostly the pictures. Here we've got words to worry about, and I'm talking all of them. Concepts, too. All of them. Sexual concepts you might not have even thought about. For those not familiar with the book's author, radio bad-boy Stern makes his living talking on his syndicated show about celebrities, politics, and every sort of bodily function and sexual act that crosses his mind. Stern isn't saying anything here that he hasn't already said on his syndicated show (in fact, much of the book consists of actual bits from the show). On the other hand, the FCC has already fined him a couple of hundred thousand dollars for indecency. If Stern were just playing high-school adolescent, he'd be easy to dismiss. But every once in a while, he's funny, brilliantly funny, and mostly when he's not talking about sex. He's funny, for instance, in his interview with an addled Bob Hope and in his vicious but hysterical send-up of Joan Rivers selling her home-shopping jewelry and milking her husband's suicide for all it's worth: "This is a solid-gold replica of Edgar's thumb. . . . I'm wearing right now a tiny diamond-studded coffin, the same coffin that Edgar put himself in." Okay, I think it's funny. Obviously, Stern's humor is a matter of taste. Photographs and graphics on every page enliven a text that hardly needs perking up. A partially nude Stern draped in a velvet cape graces the cover. This pushes the limits, but then, that's Howard. Ilene Cooper --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Monarch notes ; 00944
  • Mass Market Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket (March 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671009443
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671009441
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 1.5 x 4.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #608,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Yes, this is the funniest book I have ever read. I was never really into the Howard Stern Show, only listening sometimes while my dad drives me to school (I'm 14), but this book changed me, and now I love listening to the show in the morning. It gets me ready for school I suppose.
The book goes into the many parts of Howards life. It tells you how he his father used to treat him, and his mother as well. It really makes you wonder how he survived in a house like that. It tells of his college experiences with women and radio. It tells about all his old bosses, such as Pig Virus (read the book). The book was funny through the beginning but once he hits the part where he talks about the celebs he hates, it really gets hilarious, just read what he thinks of Madonna, or Regis, or Kathie-Lee. I could go on and on. The chapter with Stuttering John is hilarious as well. I never knew Baba-Booey was their first interviewer.
All in all, this is a very, very good well written book. It's very light reading, so I can recommend it to pretty much anyone. Be aware that the amount of cursing is borderline extreme though, but it's nothing a person age 12+ hasn't heard before.
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I am and have been a fan of Howard Stern for years now, but this book brought me closer to the show and the way he thinks. From the exterior the book seems crass, and it is. But what Private PArts(PP) also contains is a touching and funny story of a loser who made it to the top. His often turbulent boyhood to his trials of being a married man. Aside from a biograghy, PP also touches on Howard's opinions on almost everything. Some of the material even offended me, but I know that he is just like almost everyone, except he says it. An in-your-face book that will have you laughing from start to finish.
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I had never seen or listened to any Howard Stern shows before reading this book so I did not know exactly what to expect. What I pleasantly discovered within the pages of this book was the most entertaining autobiography I have read in my life. The length of the book scared me a little when I first saw it but I finished it in no time. Just a great great book! Good work Howard!
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I've been listening to Howard for the last 5 or so years on the radio. I finally decided to get the book.

It is incredibly reminiscent of the show and his personality POPS from the pages. Only read this book if you are open minded as there are a ton of sexual connotations/discourses.

There are great images in the book as well. Any avid Stern show fan, or anyone who likes to laugh should ABSOLUTELY buy this book.

Super quick read, not a dull moment.
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I DID NOT expect this book to be a re-print. Besides that fact, it is such poor quality it is laughable. The pictures in the book are barely visible. And knowing how much of a perfectionist Howard is, I cannot imagine he would approve of such junk having his name on it. And all this for $33.00? Are you kidding? And if you look at the back, it clearly states "Made in Lexington, KY on 02/11/14. Do not buy this garbage. Look for an original printing if you can. You can probably get one cheaper and it will most definitely have Howard type quality...
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I have listened to Stern for many years and it wasn't until I read his book that I gained a better understanding of where he came from. If you are a fan or just love biographies, I recommend this book. The shipping was fast and the condition of the book was great. There were not ripped, marked, or folded pages. Great read!
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I read this book many years ago and it was hilarious. I would read a chapter or two nightly to hubby and laugh my buns off every time. I was so sorry when I finished it. I think I'll take it out and read it again.
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I read this book several years ago and saw the movie that was based off it. It's a really enjoyable read, with parts that are both funny and touching. Unfortunately, Stern ended up divorcing his wife Allison, so some of the 'love story' parts are a bit outdated. Still, it's great insight into the psyche of Howard Stern.
I also highly recommend Artie Lange's Too Fat to Fish. It's hysterical. I highly recommend this book for anyone who's a fan of the Stern show.
I have not, nor do I wish to, read any of Robin Quivers' books. She strikes me as too self-absorbed and know-it-all.
Howard Stern's other book Miss America wasn't nearly as good as this one!
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